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[ applause ] right now at 11:00, applause for pope francis as he becomes the fourth different pope to address the united nations general assembly as he praised members of the organization for their efforts in the service of mankind. the pope's next stop, ground zero. within the hour, he will visit the 9/11 memorial where he will take part in a multifaith event. meanwhile, back here in our area, heavy cement barricades were lowered into place in center city as philadelphia prepares for the influx of huge crowds for the papal visit. good morning, i'm vai sikahema.
we are less than a day away from pope francis's planned arrival in the city of brotherly love. it will be the first papal visit in 36 years in philadelphia. tomorrow afternoon the pope will celebrate mass in center city. years of plan willing start paying off. meanwhile, the pope has a business say day in new york today. he began at the united nations. secretary general ban ki-moon of south korea greeted the pontiff around 8:30 this morning. pope francis then addressed the u.n. staff before speaking to the general assembly. >> translator: we christians together with the other monotheistic religions believe that the universe is the fruit of a loving decision by the creator who permits man respectfully to use creation for the good of his fellow men and
for the glory of the creator. but he is not authorized to abuse it, much less is he authorized to destroy it. >> the pope touched on two key topics during his speech -- preserving the environment and fighting poverty. he called for u.n. members to adopt the 2030 agenda for sustainable development. that's a framework for all countries to help eliminate poverty and protect the planet. it covers areas like food security, health, climate change and gender equality. but the pope says commitment like this aren't enough. >> translator: our world demands of all government's leaders a will which is effective, practical, constant with concrete steps and immediate measures for preserving and improving the natural environment and thus putting an
end as quickly as possible to the phenomenon of social and economic exclusion. >> he ended by saying "we can not postpone certain agendas for the future," that leaders need to make critical decisions now to make sure the number of people in need does not increase. at this hour, the pope is making his try the 9/11 memorial and museum at the world trade center for a service. that will happen in half hour at 11:30. this afternoon he'll visit a school in east harlem and parade through central park. the pope's day ends with a mass at madison square garden. katy zachry was in new york and joins us with how the city is celebrate. hi, katy. >> reporter: you heard the schedule. pope francis is packing more in than any other day so far. today it is a busy one. he's on his way to ground zero where he'll meet several families who lost loved ones on
9/11. pope francis gravitates to those who are grieving. we saw it firsthand yesterday when he approached two little girls, both in wheelchairs, one inside st. patrick's cathedral you see there, the other on the tarmac after he landed at jfk. in fact, that little girl, 12-year-old julia buzave has hope now she will walk again after the pope blessed her in the middle of the crowd. >> it means that he's going to give me a miracle. >> reporter: what miracle are you asking? >> to walk again. >> reporter: today tse the final day of the word meeting of families in philadelphia. happening now, a keynote speech called the joy of the gospel life followed by breakout sessions. the world meeting of families wraps up today at 12:45. vai? if you think it's hard to get around right now, things will be more difficult as a papal visit draws closer. more road closures are set to go into effect tonight. for more on that, let's get you
to nbc 10 traffic reporter jessica boyington. hey, jessica. >> hey, vai. with the majors that are open, thisser clear. but what we have to deal with is coming. at 10:00 p.m. we have the closures on the schuylkill expressway from the 95. the expressway will close eastbound and westbound in its entirety from 95 to the schuylkill expressway and so will rule 1 from route 30 to belmont. the ben franklin bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic so there will be no access into pennsylvania or new jersey on either side of the bridge. it will be pedestrian bridge strictly and only. as for 95, that will be open so good news there, but there will be select emergency exits marked off. callow hill, washington avenue, broad and the vine street expressway exits will close. additionally, the traffic box goes into effect in center city 6:00 p.m. friday and west philly at 10:00 p.m. so we do have full details, maps, and street lists of closures on nbc10.com.
vai? >> thank you, jessica. nbc 10 news app has you covered over the papal weekend. you can watch events streaming live and get the information you need to know on things like road closures and changes throughout your community. nbc 10 is going all out this weekend to bring you the most comprehensive coverage of pope francis's visit to philadelphia. starting tomorrow morning our team of reporters will be fanned out across philadelphia and the suburbs, south jersey and bring you all the action live on the air and on our nbc 10 news app. a live look at the ben franklin parkway where the stage is being set up for the festival of families which will take place tomorrow. the same stage will be used for a papal mass come sunday. will the faithful enjoy nice weather? meteorologist sheena parveen is here with our forecast. hi, sheena. >> hey, vai. the weather will be decent because it won't be very hot.
we're not looking at a big area of rain moving in, just looking at clouds increase bug it will be breezy and cool so i think some people might like it. clouds moving in right now so we have more clouds today already than we did yesterday at this time. here's a live look out at center city. we have thin clouds, lower clouds, but we still do have some filtered sunshine out there. so a nice day, no rain around the area. we are going to stay dry. 73 degrees right now in philadelphia. 23469 allentown. 74 millville, 73 in dover. so for the rest of today, by noon temperatures mid-70s. it will be breezy by 3:00 p.m. still breezy, mid-70s and by 6:00 p.m. this evening we'll still see clouds around, low 70s. and the winds will be up as we go even through the whole weekend so coming up i'll show you a closer look at the forecast for the papal visit as well as your weekend forecast elsewhere. that's straight ahead. thank you, sheena. we have breaking news out of washington. house speaker john boehner will resign at the end of october.
he informed republicans during a closed-door session this morning that he would be giving up his leadership post and his seat in congress. boehner held a news conference just a short time ago. now, today's announcement comes a day after a high point of boehner's congressional career. he requested the historic speech by pope francis to congress that was given yesterday morning. we are continuing to follow pope francis's movement through new york. he has a very busy day on tap in the big apple. here's a live look at ground zero. that will be the pontiff's next stop. and we'll show it to you live when it happens. fulfilling a promise. see how one local woman's journey to see the pope will help her honor a vow she made more than three decades ago. xgú'
the pope just wrapped up his remarks at the united nations general assembly. he talked about the environment, the responsibility we have as humans to take care of this earth. this is a live feed, we don't have control of the cameras so we're just going to talk through as we get a chance to see what the pope is doing. he's meeting with someone there seated in a wheelchair it appears. those barricades are there to hold the crowd back, allowing the pontiff to walk. this is the memorial where
victim's names are listed. he takes a moment to pause, clasping hands, his eyes closed for a moment. he offers a silent prayer. . today the pope has made his way the lower manhattan. he is pausing, pray, and taking in the ground zero. he is at the reflecting pool right now. he'll be meeting with families of victims of the 9/11 attacks. taking part in a -- what's being called a witness to peace, a faith event at 9/11 memorial.
he's moving ahead of schedule. what is the plan here? >> lester, he just shook hands with former new york mayor michael bloomberg. he is going to meet with 20 family members of victims here at 9/11 then he will go inside for that interfaith service. but what's interesting about this visit is this is a visit that pope francis insisted on making. when they originally made up his schedule for the visit to new york, ground zero was not on it. and the organizers thought because benedict had been here that pope francis didn't need to visit and pope francis today the organizers "where is ground zero? i want to go to ground zero." it's very important to him for several reasons. one, he always says he wants to accompany anyone who is suffering and we talked with some of the family members who are now meeting the pope and even though their lives have
moved on, there's still some part of them that is suffering. and as one of them said, this is asy credit space and to have the pope come and bless this space, and for so many of these families they never got anything back of their loved ones. to have him here and to pray and try to comfort means everything to them because it may have been 14 years but these are wounds that for many people are not healed. after he meets with the families, and they brought their pictures of their loved one, they have things they plan to say to him. after that, he will move into the museum and go down to foundation hall, that's where the interfaith service will happen. there will be 600 people of all of the world's religions who will be gathered there and
foundation hall is the room that has this wall that held back the river when the towers came down. it also has the last column that was found when they were cleaning up the absolute devastation of that day and so it's a room of resilience and power. he will also see what's become known as the world trade center cross, those two pieces of steel that were forged together as a cross. he will see that. but in that interfaith service. there's a rabbi, there's an imam, there's a hindu prayer, a sikh prayer, a christian prayer. it is to represent all the faiths and i think that one of the things that when i think about 9/11 that day, term "new york times" everyday would have pages of the victims and i was always struck and i'm still struck on september 11 when they
read the names they were from all over. all differentettist ethnicitie. everyone suffered on that day when 2,977 people were killed. >> and we're watching, ann, as the pope greets various, we believe, family members of those who lost loved ones on 9/11. you can just imagine how comforting it is for them. this is still a deep and painful wound for all of us. but certainly for these families to have the pope visit this sacred ground and meet with them is profound. we're here with tom brokaw, maria shriver as well watching our coverage. tom, as we look, we see former mayor bloomberg, we don't see i would note rudy giuliani and you know if mayor giuliani planned to be part of this? >> i thought i saw him here
lester. i believe i saw him earlier today. we have not seen mayor bill de blasio. they had a lottery for the 9/11 families to come here. there are about a thousand of them here surrounding the south pool and to my right is a group of very vocal families who very much wants the pope to come over to where they are. they are behind two barricades and they have slyke many of the families do on the anniversary, they have pictures of their loved ones and they want him to come over and every once in a while you hear "papa francisco" as they try to call him over. >> of all the places he could visit, the things he could see in new york, this will probably resonate more than anything. >> i think a combination of st. patrick's cathedral and ground zero are two very spiritual places.
this is a secular place but it has the resonance of being a place where so many people died. as i was thinking about it, it's very hard to know for sure but my guess that day there were more prayers said in new york city by those who survived and those who were doomed out loud and silently. because it was a day in which we were all joined by the fate of everyone who was in those towers and we were one, whatever our faith. 28 muslims died that day as well. in addition to the attackers. so it was a kind of composite portrait of new york and a day when new york was once again as it often is in these circumstances a village more than it was a big city. >> maria, any surprise this is a place he truly wanted to be? he wanted to visit in new york? >> i think he talks about the church as a field hospital to get out and he wants to meet those who are suffering and picking up what ann has said, i
think we're a grief illiterate nation. people carry grief with them so long and people always when someone dies they think you should get back to your normal life and i i'm sure this is -- he's meeting families that are in incredible pain. i saw mothers showing pictures on their iphones, probably of someone they lost, introducing their children who have had to navigate through lives without fathers and brothers and mothers and i think these families like so much of our collective families are in pain and he spoke about that at the u.n. this morning. he talked about the culture of waste, the culture of fair, that we need to respect, love, and care for one another and i think when he talks about immigration he talks that way. minister. he talks about his ministry. and he's there ministering to people in pain. >> if you've never been to this memorial, it's hard to communicate how powerful it is and how much you are quickly taken by the emotion when you
see these -- essentially the footprint of the twin towers and the waterfall. it's something to behold. the museum equally if not more breathtaking in its depth and emotion. the pope having now appeared to have met with the victims' families now. we believe making his way over. that looks like there's more families here. more people that want to meet him. >> i am very surprised we don't see mayor giuliani. mike bloomberg was the mayor who followed him and was so important in rebuilding the city, both physically and spiritually. but it was mayor giuliani's finest time in office. he'd been in political difficulty until that occasion but he really became the vicar for this city. he appeared at so many of the memorials and the funerals. he was there at the time that it happened and he was up 24/7. so i'm a little surprised about why he isn't there.
there must have been a good reason. >> ann pointed out she believed she had seen anymore the crowd but he's not part of this proceeding here. >> lester? >> go ahead, ann. >> you can see we now see governor andrew cuomo, mayor bill de blasio coming towards the pope. and i believe that mayor giuliani behind -- between chuck schumer. >> we all go back to that day and none of that night following when the families were wandering the lower part of the city holding up pictures of their lost loved ones hoping that they had been lost in the crowd somehow. those are the moments that will linger with me, i think, forever. >> well, he speaks with such a message of compassion and all of the things he has said and what i certainly remember about those days of following the attack was
how this hardened city just slowed down and people looked each other in the eye and they had those compassionate moments. i remember being on a subway there was a man with a stack of flyers looking for someone. we had a moment. normally on a new york city subway train he would haven't that but that was the kind of compassion reaching out to our fellow men that the pope has spoken so forcefully about in his calm way. >> lester, i think something that's struck me about all of this is how much america seems to be yearning for a figure like this. he's a father figure. he's got his firm rules but he wants to listen. i feel like people i've met on the streets who weren't catholic, who are just look for this man to heal them, to notice them, to understand their pain
speaks to what we're missing in point. robert barren, auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese of los angeles. he's alongside st. patrick's cathedral. bish, if you could pick up on that point, the sense that this country yearns for someone with this kind of moral authority or voic voice. >> the pope's presence here, these pictures are incredibly moving because he's operating not just as the leader of the catholic church but as a spiritual leader of the whole world. one of the things that strikes me is what was done on september 11 was done in the name of the god of abraham. so special the abrahamic religions, judaism, islam and christianity, have to come together strongly to say no, to speak out in protest against that abuse of the god of abraham. so it's very important today that these religions, especially
together to protest but also just this great sign of compassion. it's interesting to the christian religion that we go precisely to places of great suffering and there we find god, paradoxically. in fact, i saw cardinal dolan there, as all bishops wearing the pectoral cross. i have one on now: a cross is not just a bland religious symbol, it's an evoication of this terrible tragedy, this roman crucifixion, this man being put together but somehow we see that as the moment when god spoke most powerfully. that's part of the instinct that bring us to a place like this. but i find it incredibly power to watch the pope moving among suffering people. and that's his great instinct. to go to the margins, the poor, those who suffer. maria mentioned the field hospital image which is a very powerful one. so that's going through my mind and heart. >> and we watched the pope go
inside the 9/11 museum, going into foundation hall. there are about 500 to 700 people. representatives of different he yoijs you communities that want to pray with him at this interfaith event if he will. they will offer meditations of peace each in their own tongues and then in english. the pope is expected to speak for about five to ten minutes in spanish. this is not necessarily being referred to as a service but certainly an event deeply rooted in many, many faiths. >> we have to remember the victims were everything from wall stre wall street barons to busboys to people there quite by accident, gone to visit as tourists and there are haunting stories of the last moments of them when they knew they couldn't get out and it will linger for as long as mankind can remember new york
city, the day of 9/11, the greatest single tragedy to strike not just the city but have launched america in an entirely different direction and the consequences of that are still going on in the middle east right now. >> and long before we saw these memorials erected here, this immediately became sacred ground. it is a place that people would approach with great reverence, many tourists would want to see it, see the place of a calamity but you'd watch them become taken by the emotion. and i think certainly the pope has to be feeling that as he steps foot there today. there. >> there's the pools and along the edge as you walk along you'll see the names of all the victims. anne, at what point will we see the pope back in front of the camera? >> we will not see him come out to where we are and we are right outside the door, the entrance to the museum. he's going to be taken out a
different way. i believe he's going to the nunciature for a few hours of rest before he takes on the rest of his day which includes a visit to a school in east harlem, a parade in the popemobile around central park and then mass at madison square garden to finish his day. >> part of his visit will include obviously he'll be escorted around the exhibit and one of the notable things he'll see is an exhibit of steel formed in a cross also a bible that was found at the site after the attack. this is a man who certainly sees an opportunity and is not dictated necessarily by the minute-by-minute schedule. there's some suggestion that he may spend more time than was originally allotted and it's worth noting he did arrive about 20 minutes early. so he will have plenty of time we'll let that moment play out.
>> i think many people may not remember that the design and the construction of the memorial was a disputatious event. they couldn't get together on it. it took a long time before they were able to agree not only on the design but the construction. but they did a magnificent job. >> this, of course, is the new one world trade center. for so long those of us who know this city and live in this city would look south and it was a missing symbol. those twin towers missing. and now we've watched the new one world trade center rise from that height, restoring kind of an anchor, if you will, to lower manhattan and the bustling financial district. that shot you saw there, the exterior of the museum itself. >> i'm struck by the quiet of
this. he spoke at the u.n. about the time has come for reflection and prayer. he talked about this hyperconnected world we're more fragmented than ever. and i was thinking about how they asked for a moment of quiet after he spoke yesterday. and this feels quiet to me as well. asking all of us as a nation, people of all faiths, to reflect on where we are. he'd made big politics very personal. you had said this is a national tragedy but it's also an individual and personal tragedy for all these families. >> bishop baron, what are you expected to hear? >> the fact that all the religions are coming sergeant to a powerful moment. in the u.n. speech he talked about the danger of fundamentalism in all its forms. also the danger of imposing uniformity. john paul ii always said the
church proposes never imposes. we've seen an attempt to impose uniformity. we'll hear talk about reconciliati reconciliation. >> often when we hear from figures in the church, even john paul, we had to read between the lines to understand where he was going. with with this holy father you don't to read between the lines. the commitment he has to the issues he keeps raising, for example at the united nationss the ecological crisis and destruction of biodiversity can threaten the very existence of the human species. that's a bold statement and in the eyes of so many people the
kind of affirmative statement that needs to be made. he did not that not only at the u.n. but at congress. he said he'll take this debate to a whole different level. >> and you're looking inside the foundation hall of the 9/11 museum where this interfaith gathering is and that wall behind part of the foundation of the twin towers. here's former mayor bloomberg. and as we watch this and wait to see the pope, i want to turn to peter alexander to pick up tom what you were talking about. the pope making a speech to the united nations. picking up on many of the themes he addressed to a joint meeting of congress. peter tell us about that speech and how it was received. >> it was an incredible moment. let's be frank. this body has existed, the united nations, for seven years.
they have heard from popes in the past. but never on an occasion like this. there were 170 world leaders on this day. he spoke to this universal fraternity. the respect for the sacredness of life. >> and as the camera moves in you can get a good look at one of the beams from one of the towers there that is a centerpiece of this museum. the crowd gathered, about 500 to 700 people inside. there will be prayers offered in different languages by different religious leaders. the service is called a witness to peace and it will include prayers for those who died on september 11. here's the pope.
original. when he was selected it was a big surprise. but if ever a man were born for the role in these times it's pope francis. he's a member of the jesuit society, he came from italy to argentina, he went through a very difficult period there during the war of the disappeared. he stayed true to his calling and then when he became the pontiff everybody was saying "who is this guy?" i said earlier i was in south america at the time, my timing was terrible. i left argentina the day he was selected but i was in chile next door and there was no buzz about him at that point. people were not excited about him. papa francesco -- on behalf of this distinguished group, representatives of the hindu, buddhist, jain, sikh, native american, jewish, islamic, and christian communities of new york city, civic and public officials, and the board of the
september 11th memorial foundation, i renew to you our welcome and our joy at your visit. welcome, holy father. [ applause ] now i can tell you, papa francesco, we in new york are sinners. we are sinners. we have many flaws. we make many mistakes. but one of the things we do well is sincere and fruitful inter-religious friendship. our ancestors came here for religious freedom, and they found in new york city an atmosphere of respect and appreciation for religious diversity.
about which you just spoke at the united nations. we, who have the honor of pastoring our people, work together, pray together, meet together, talk to one another, and try to serve together the city we are proud to call our earthly home, while awaiting our true and eternal residence in heaven. often do we recall the faith of the psalmist, "god is in the midst of the city." your prayer, presence, and words inspire us. so thank you for being here. [ applause ]
>> you may be seated. in this place, where horrendous violence was committed falsely in the name of god, we, representatives of the world religions in this great city of new york, gather to offer words of comfort and prayer. with love and affection, we recall the victims of the 9/11 attacks. we pray that their souls, and and the souls of all those first responders are forever remembered for an eternal blessing. today and everyday, may we understand our shared mission to
be, in the words of pope francis, "a field hospital after battle" to heal the wounds and warm the hearts of a humanity in warm the hearts of a humanity in so desperate need of comfort. intolerance and ignorance fueled those who attacked this place. the courage of today's gathering distinguishes us from the opponents of religious freedom as we stand together as brothers and sisters to condemn their horrific acts of violence and honor each life that was lost unconditionally, as we read in the koran that "one life lost is like all mankind" and "one life saved is like all mankind." to god all life is sacred and precious. >> the book of psalms teaches us that we should love peace and we should pursue peace.
let us honor those killed in this place by becoming, in the words of st. francis, "instruments of peace." where there is hatred, let us sow love. where there is injury, pardon. where there is doubt, faith. where there is despair, hope. where there is darkness, light and where there is sadness, joy. >> men and women from all walks of life ran to this place in hopes of saving lives. the sole intent of those first responders was the protection of others, regardless of the cost to them as individuals. as the worst of humanity sought to take life, they exemplified the best of humanity through their selflessness, willing to give their entire life in hopes of saving another. their story is one that each of us should carry forward with us, both in thought and in action, as we move forward from this
place. the koran declares that "allah is with those who are righteous and those who do good." let us embody their unconditional love, their continued strength, their unwavering hope, and their pursuit of good, as we seek to build a much needed peace. >> let us learn to share this "big apple" we call home in all its diversity and flavor. through friendship and dialogue, may the timbre and tonality of each of our faith traditions be heard in the great symphony of our city and nation. on this, the historic anniversary let us celebrate, affirm and build on our shared commitment to interreligious dialogue. in the words of pope francis: :
"may we respect and love one another as brothers and sisters. may we learn to understand the sufferings of others." may we live to see the day, as envisioned by the prophet micah, that everyone will sit under their own vine and under their own fig tree and no one shall make them afraid, for the lord almighty has spoken. >> the koran states "oh mankind, we have created you from a male and a female and made you into nations and tribes so that you might know one another." we have gathered here today as men and women who seek to meet ignorance with understanding. through our knowing of each other today, let us move beyond a mere toleration of our differences and work towards a much-needed celebration of them. let us be bold enough to build partnerships with new friends and allies and together be the reason that people have hope in this world, not the reason that people dread it.
we ask you in your goodness to give eternal light and peace to all who died here, the heroic first-responders, our fire fighters, police officers, emergency service workers, and port authority personnel, along with all the innocent men and women who were victims of this tragedy simply because their work or service brought them here on september 11, 2001. we ask you, in your compassion, to bring healing to those who,
because of their presence here 14 years ago, continue to suffer from injuries and illness. heal, too, the pain of still-grieving families and all who lost loved ones in this tragedy. give them strength to continue their lives with courage and hope. we are mindful as well of those who suffered death, injury, and loss on the same day at the pentagon and in shanksville, pennsylvania. our hearts are one with theirs
as our prayer embraces their pain and suffering. god of peace, bring your peace to our violent world. peace in the hearts of all men and women and peace among the nations of the earth. turn to your way of love those whose hearts and minds are consumed with hatred and who justify killing in the name of religion. god of understanding, overwhelmed by the magnitude of this tragedy, we seek your light
and guidance as we confront such terrible events. grant that those whose lives were spared may live so that the lives lost here may not have been lost in vain. comfort and console us, strengthen us in hope, and give us the wisdom and courage to work tirelessly for a world where true peace and love reign among nations and in the hearts of all. >> the pope delivering a prayer. what will happen now is we're going to hear six meditations of
[ praying in greek ] [ praying in greek ] >> blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.